Prepare for one of the busiest stretches of Fitzroy to be fully illuminated with the 13th year of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival coming this July. If you've never witnessed the light-heavy event expect several buildings within the Gertrude Street precinct to be used as a projector screen as some of Melbourne’s finest projection and light artists exhibit their work, completely transforming the area and creating an immersive and alive gallery out of the streets.
Kicking off on Wednesday 21 July, this year’s festival’s theme is ‘‘PAST, PRESENTs, FUTUREs’, presented by the Centre For Projection and the City of Yarra, the Gertrude Street Festival will feature artists such as Tom Blachford, Wesley Dowling, Susan Maco Forrester and Dr Kirsten Garner Lytlle. Their luminescent artwork will be centered around various themes including colour, race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, class and nationality.
One of the key events of the program is ‘Interstellar Superheroes’, a project which has been designed to engage with children of the Fitzroy Housing Estate, providing safe spaces and opportunities for the diverse backgrounds of kids to be creative and imaginative.
The kids have worked with artists Susan Maco Forrester and Billy Raffin to create a large-scale public artwork that will shine upon the housing estate towers.
Expect to see some of the other iconic Gertrude Street establishments as canvases for the week, including The Workers Club, the Le Labo Fragrances shop when the lights drop on Fitzroy from Wednesday 21 to Friday 25 July. For more information, click here.
The Government is spotting up to $100 of your bill when you dine in the CBD this long weekend.
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